Job ID: 138952

Chair, Engineering Technology - 6101

Northern Illinois University

  • Feb. 26, 2020
  • Chair, Engineering Technology - 6101
  • College of Eng & Eng Tech
  • Northern Illinois University
    DeKalb, IL
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Robotics
    Mechanical Engineering

The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) invites applications for a new Chair to lead the Department of Engineering Technology ( The department offers an M.S. program in Industrial Management and several emphases within its B.S. program, including ABET-accredited programs in Electrical Engineering Technology and Manufacturing Engineering Technology and an ATMAE-accredited program in Industrial Management and Technology, with other emphases focused on Energy and Environmental Technology and Applied Manufacturing Technology. The Department of Engineering Technology is well established and enjoys a solid reputation for its students, its research, and its service to the engineering profession within the regional and national industrial communities.

The department consists of 14 full-time faculty members and 3 full-time instructors, with approximately 440 undergraduate students and 40 graduate students. The department has well established laboratories for computer-aided design, automation and robotics, CNC machining, metal fabrication and welding, controls and PLCs, electronics and electric machines and systems, plastics, and fluid power, as well as for Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and Building Energy Efficiency, Ergonomics, and Management (BEEEAM). The successful candidate is expected to conduct, and promote, collaborative research with faculty across the NIU campus. In addition, the candidate will be expected to maintain strong ties with industries and national laboratories within the region, including Argonne and Fermi National Labs, and continue to assist Engineering Technology faculty to attract externally funded research projects and contracts on a regular basis. This administrative, teaching, and scholarly appointment will begin July 1, 2020. A research start-up package is anticipated for this position.

Position Description: As a dynamic and innovative leader, the Chair will establish a new vision for the department to advance education, enrollment management, expansion of research opportunities, and industrial partnerships. The Chair will be responsible for leading and administering the graduate and baccalaureate programs in Engineering Technology and executing and facilitating all departmental administrative, financial, and planning functions, including faculty and staff hiring and supervision, workload assignment, tenure and promotion evaluations, student advising, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses as needed, manage regular faculty and staff evaluations, oversee student learning outcomes, program assessment and accreditation, oversee enrollment management, be an advocate for the department, and serve as a member of the senior leadership team of the college. In addition, the Chair will facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations to broaden the research portfolio of the department while simultaneously managing the teaching mission of the department. The Chair will also develop and enhance industrial contacts and initiatives and facilitate grant and contract activities. The Chair reports to the Dean of CEET and the appointment is expected to be made at the senior rank of tenured Professor of Engineering Technology.

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